Water is one of your body’s most powerful ingredients

– are you getting enough?

Are there days that go by without you drinking any water? Do you drink too many coffees? Do you suffer from headaches, or dry skin? You may be in need of some rehydration! Read on to find out if you have enough H2O in your life…

skin: dry or dehydrated…

“There is a distinct difference between dry and dehydrated skin,” says Emma Hobson Education Manager at the International Dermal Institute. “Dry skin shows signs of visible dryness, tightness, tight pores and is prone to wrinkles and deep lines. It’s usually caused by genetics and the ageing process, as we age the skin naturally becomes less oily.”

“While dehydrated skin is flaky, tight on surface and has very fine lines, it’s caused by lack of moisture, incorrect product use, poor diet, environment and some medications,” she says. “Consumption of more than eight alcoholic beverages per week can also contribute to skin dryness and bodily dehydration.”

“People experiencing flakiness, tightness or obvious dryness should review their food and water intake, increase or use regular non-irritation exfoliants, adjust to a hydrating booster and moisturiser and use a moisturising masque at least three times a week,” she recommends.

how to get a dewy complexion

Hobson recommends these four skincare moves for a soft, supple complexion…
1. Boost your skin: A hydrating booster is a super performer for taut skin, a true power product containing a wonder ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid (which has the ability to hold a 1000 times it’s own weight in moisture) and is sure to keep fine dehydration lines and taughtness away.

2. Spritz it: A hydrating spritz is a must to keep skin evenly hydrated and help guard against flakiness. An added bonus is you can use them throughout the day to boost your skins moisture levels and they can be spritzed over make up.

3. Exfoliate and Microfolilate: You don’t want to over exfoliate or irritate the skin but you do need to keep is soft, smooth and polished. Once or twice a week use an exfoliant which has either digestive enzymes or lactic and salicylic acid. Also for a great polished, luminous skin every day use one of the new forms of micro foliation (a mini exfoliation process that can be done daily) these normally contain a rice-based powder, skin brighteners and anti inflammatories.

4. Moisturise and protect: Since protection is the key to a well-hydrated skin, choose one of the new high tech moisturisers that have an organic silicone base. These ‘velvet’ moisturisers melt on contact with the skin then form an invisible barrier to prevent water loss and allergen invasion (irritants). They also soothe the skin and prevent it from drying out, so it remains feeling incredibly smooth. They also contain ingredients such as Evening Primrose Oil, Bisabolol, and vit E and C.

signs you are not getting enough water

Hobson pinpoints the telltale signs that you need to increase your water intake…

* You have puffy legs. “The body thinks it’s going into a state of water starvation so holds onto every drop it has which results in water retention,” she says.
* You do not urinate frequently enough and the urine is very strong smelling.
* You over eat or snack more because you can’t recognise if you’re hungry or thirsty.
* You get headaches.

how to keep hydrated

The skin is not only the last part of your body to get any water you take in, it also acts as a reservoir, donating stored water to other organs as they need it.

“The tissue in our body needs to bathed in adequate water for cell regeneration and a healthy metabolism,” says Penelope Sach, Naturopath and author of Healing and Cleansing With Herbal Tea {Penguin Books}. “By not rehydrating the skin it can become dry and wrinkly and toxins are not eliminated.”
“Think of your bloodstream as a waterfall and keep it flowing with fresh water. This will hydrate the skin, keep the pores eliminating any unwanted salts and keep the blood stream flowing to the organs.”

“Try to drink two litres of water or herbal tea a day – (tea, coffee and alcohol don’t count as they have a diuretic, dehydrating effect) – and eats loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, which have a natural water content,” says Sach.

“Natural salts from vegetables and some rock salts can also assist to keep fluids at a correct balance in the body.”

{Pic: Porter Magazine}